Pheidole aripoensis

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Pheidole aripoensis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Myrmicinae
Tribe: Attini
Genus: Pheidole
Species: P. aripoensis
Binomial name
Pheidole aripoensis
Wilson, 2003

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Specimen Labels

Nothing is known about the biology of aripoensis.

Identification

See the description in the nomenclature section.

Keys including this Species

Distribution

Only known from the type locality.

Distribution based on Regional Taxon Lists

Neotropical Region: Trinidad and Tobago (type locality).


Distribution based on AntMaps

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Biology

Castes

Worker

Minor

Major

Nomenclature

The following information is derived from Barry Bolton's New General Catalogue, a catalogue of the world's ants.

  • aripoensis. Pheidole aripoensis Wilson, 2003: 610, figs. (s.w.) TRINIDAD.

Unless otherwise noted the text for the remainder of this section is reported from the publication that includes the original description.

Description

DIAGNOSIS Recognizable within the punctatissima group by the uniquely concave posterior dorsal profile of the major's head, combined with the double convexity of the major's pronotum (hence triple convexity of the promesonotum), concave occipital border of the minor, and well-developed propodeal spines, relatively sparse pilosity, and yellow color of both castes. Other traits in body form and sculpturing are illustrated.

MEASUREMENTS (mm) Holotype major: HW 0.92, HL 0.92, SL 0.64, EL 0.14, PW 0.42. Paratype minor: HW 0.44, HL 0.50, SL 0.60, EL 0.10, PW 0.26.

COLOR Major: yellow, with head and meso soma possessing a slightly dark, "orange" tinge.

Minor: concolorous yellow.


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Figure. Upper: holotype, major. Lower: paratype, minor. Scale bars = 1 mm.

Paratype Specimen Labels

Type Material

TRINIDAD: Aripo Ridge, Arima Valley, 600-700 m, col. Stefan Cover and Mark W. Moffett. Museum of Comparative Zoology

Etymology

Named in reference to the type locality.

References

References based on Global Ant Biodiversity Informatics

  • Fernández, F. and S. Sendoya. 2004. Lista de las hormigas neotropicales. Biota Colombiana Volume 5, Number 1.
  • Franco W., N. Ladino, J. H. C. Delabie, A. Dejean, J. Orivel, M. Fichaux, S. Groc, M. Leponce, and R. M. Feitosa. 2019. First checklist of the ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of French Guiana. Zootaxa 4674(5): 509-543.
  • Houadria M., A. Salas-Lopez, J. Orivel, N. Bluthgen, and F. Menzel. 2015. Dietary and temporal niche differentiati on in tropical ants—can they explain local ant coexistence? Biotropica 47(2): 208-217.
  • LaPolla, J.S. and S.P. Cover. 2005. New species of Pheidole (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Guyana, with a list of species known from the country. Tranactions of the American Entomological Society 131(3-4):365-374
  • Lapolla, J. S., and S. P. Cover. "New species of Pheidole (Hymenoptera : Formicidae) from Guyana, with a list of species known from the country." Transactions of the American Entomological Society 131, no. 3-4 (2005): 365-374.
  • Lapolla, J.S., T. Suman, J. Soso-Calvo and T.R. Schultz. 2006. Leaf litter ant diversity in Guyana. Biodiversity and Conservation 16:491–510